noun de·bauch·ery \di-ˈb-chə-rē, -chrē, -ˈbä-\

: bad or immoral behavior that involves sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.

plural de·bauch·er·ies

Full Definition of DEBAUCHERY

a :  extreme indulgence in sensuality
b plural :  orgies
archaic :  seduction from virtue or duty

Examples of DEBAUCHERY

  1. He later regretted the debauchery of his youth.
  2. He recalled the evening's debaucheries with regret.
  3. Like St. Augustine carousing his student days away in fourth-century Carthage, [Thomas] Merton had succumbed to such physical and intellectual debaucheries as New York offered a Columbia undergraduate in the 1930's: wine, women and some Communist fellow-traveling. —Mark Silk, New York Times Book Review, 30 Mar. 1986


(see 1debauch)
First Known Use: 1642


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